SHENANDOAH, Va. (WHSV) -- After being bullied as a kid and told he wasn't cut out for a 'two hand sport,' Kevin Laue learned the importance of self-worth.
Through his determination, he became the first player missing a limb to play NCAA Division 1 basketball.
Laue travels the world, sharing his story in hopes of inspiring others to be the best version of themselves.
"A life lived without purpose is an empty one," said Laue while visiting Page County High School on Tuesday. "When you're at your worst, just hold on."
Laue lost his father at an early age and was raised in a troubling home environment. But he uses his past to his advantage, relating his own struggles to the ones teens have in high school.
"Just as I needed this as a high schooler, ultimately that's what I'm giving to them. Speaking to them as if I'm speaking to myself in the past," said Laue. "Telling them all the knowledge I needed to give them a kick in the butt to get themselves in gear, to prepare them for the rest of their life so they can obtain happiness and success."
Laue speaks to a number of different audiences, from hospitals to the United Nations. But he said there's a special place in his heart for students.
"These kids want purpose. They need something, they need fulfillment," said Laue. "If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd still be here. I may not be on 170 airplanes, but I'd be here speaking to the youth because I see them as the future. They're so important."
At the end of his speech, Laue told students at Page County High School they need to spread love in order to receive it. He encouraged them to do something thoughtful for another person before they graduate.
"Spread a little love everyday and your life will be filled with love," said Laue.
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